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The Drake Commitment

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Emily Raecker

Marketing; Finance
Class of 2015
Leadership Development Program Associate, Principal Financial Group

“I knew I wanted to take part in Sustainable Development for Sub-Saharan Africa, a program that involves a three-week experience in Uganda. Every student does a project, and mine was to help a local artist in Kampala start a business. I arranged a $1,500 microloan and also worked on a business plan for him. Now he has a small shop and sells directly to customers for $20 [rather than $4 to distributors]. I love doing a project that’s hands-on and applies marketing in a way that has a real impact.”

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Bryce Dorff

Environmental Science
Class of 2017

“Being a coordinator for the Sprout community garden has enabled me to grow as a student and leader—but also as a community member. The garden space serves as a reminder that there is much work to be done bridging the socioeconomic gap within our community and promoting healthy choices. I could align my morals and professional development while creating positive, sustainable change.”

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Danielle Ford

Health Sciences
Class of 2011
Manager of EMR Integration & Optimization, Evolent Health; Arlington, Va.

“I interned at and shadowed organizations my senior year that used an electronic health record and educated health care professionals on how to use it meaningfully to improve the quality of care delivery. My newfound passion discovered overseas [Drake’s Sustainable Development for Sub-Saharan Africa program in Uganda], tied with my senior year internships, helped solidify where I wanted to be career-wise—an employee at a consulting firm that seeks to improve the quality of care delivered across the nation through use of health information technology."

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Amy Nguyen

Health Sciences
Class of 2016

“I’ve most enjoyed making an impact through Best Buddies, a student organization in which Drake students work with individuals with special needs. We’re not mentors; we’re friends, spending time with our buddies on a regular basis to help them develop social, leadership, and other life skills. Not only is this experience fun, it aligns well with my dream of becoming an occupational therapist and helping individuals develop the skills people need for independent day-to-day life.”

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Learning through service

Make a difference while gaining professional experience.

Drake Bulldogs have a strong drive to make a difference, whether helping to create a health clinic in Uganda or organizing a chapter of Next Course Food Recovery Network to reduce food waste and hunger in Des Moines. At Drake, you can serve through your classes, student organizations, athletics teams, fraternities and sororities, residence life, or a final capstone experience. You can also earn academic credit through a service-learning project in which you share professional skills with an organization or nonprofit. 

These experiences not only gives you a life-changing opportunity to learn about the world, ignite a passion for service, and effect change, but also develop solid leadership skills and leads to better employment prospects.

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